Jon Jones Declares Chael Sonnen Has “Done Steroids Throughout His Entire Career”

April 17, 2013
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Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones UFCChael Sonnen has been accused of talking his way into a coaching position opposite UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter, as well as a shot at the champ’s belt.

Whether he did or didn’t, Sonnen hasn’t slowed down when it comes to talking up his fight with Jones, which takes place next week at UFC 159 in New Jersey. Sonnen rolled out a Twitter campaign that put him on a 30-day countdown – or rather 30 days of Jon Jones putdowns – leading up to their fight.

Jones, however, says he’s not taking the bait.

“I’m realizing that me talking trash really does nothing for the fight,” said Jones on Tuesday night’s edition of UFC Tonight on Fuel TV.

“I have seen some of Chael’s countdown Twitter feed, but I think I stopped reading it at about day 27,” he declared. “It doesn’t fuel me anymore. It’s foolishness really.”

Foolishness or not. Trash talk or not. Jones hasn’t remained silent during the lead-up to UFC 159. UFC Tonight guest host Dominick Cruz questioned Jones about a recent UFC video in which he commented on Sonnen, saying that he lacked a championship soul.

Jones’ explanation may not have been trash talk, but it certainly was a headline grabber that fans the flames of controversy as the fight draws closer.

“Chael Sonnen is a guy, people know he’s done steroids throughout his entire career,” Jones stated. “Probably the reason why his testosterone is low now.”

Testosterone replacement therapy has been a hot-button issue in mixed martial arts over the past couple of years. Much of the discussion about it’s use in MMA was launched into the public conscience due to Sonnen’s use of the therapy to treat a condition called hypogonadism and his battles with the California and Nevada athletic commissions to allow it, but still gain licensure to fight.

There are numerous causes for hypogonadism, which range from genetics to various diseases and disorders to radiation to steroid use. The latter of which is what Jones is saying probably caused Sonnen’s hypogonadism.

Sonnen has always insisted that his is a medical condition and has even lauded UFC president Dana White’s recent crack down on fighters that are getting therapeutic use exemptions (TEUs), but abusing them during training because they feel they have a “free pass.”

Jones, however, has consistently spoken out against fighters being allowed TEUs for testosterone replacement therapy, whether it is induced by performance enhancing drug abuse or Father Time.

“Basically, I believe if you’re healthy enough to play a sport, you shouldn’t take any performance enhancement drugs or testosterone. Fighters make a lot of money in their 20?s, make a lot of money in their 30?s, and when they get in their 40?s, unfortunately, you’re in your 40?s,” Jones said during a media conference call last August.

“You should fight the way you fight when you’re in your 40?s, switch your style up to stay in the game. I don’t think you should be able to take a drug to pretty much give you the strength of a 30-year-old again.”

That has carried over in his comments about Sonnen’s testosterone replacement therapy, although he obviously attributes Sonnen’s need for therapy not to age, but the abuse of steroids.

“I don’t think that is the heart or the attitude of a champion,” Jones explained. “So that’s what I meant when I said he lacks championship soul.”

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  • Mark McDowall

    Chances are that Sonnen has done a butt ton of roids in his life which is why he is in need of TRT. But this horse has been beaten to death over and over…and obviously it isn’t helping Sonnen that much since he is 1-2 in his last 3 fights.

    The UFC needs to come up with a stance on it asap otherwise its just going to get worse. Personally I think that if to compete at a high level you need TRT…then you should hang em up. Guys like Liddell and Cotoure fought well in to their late 30’s and 40’s with out the need for this stuff. So why do guys like Sonnen, Hendo and Vitor need it? I think it needs to be an all or nothing policy…

    • projectchapter2

      1-2? I must have missed something. I thought he was 2 and 1 (W’s Bisping and Stann, L to Silva). Now he very well may be 1-2 in roughly a week but still. I agree with your points on the TRT issue as well.

    • IRISH 1313

      ummm…Randy used TRT. He was one of the first I had read about using it a few years ago.

    • 1-2? hes 2-1 what the f*** are u talking about

    • Mark McDowall

      sorry fat fingered it…meant to be 2-2 in his last 4 fights.


    Should’ve just started the article with the video and saved yourself some time.

  • Chief

    Alot of people don’t understand that you can acquire from hypogonadism from head or testicle trauma. You can also acquire it from overuse of pain medication. It can cause the pituitary gland to shut down and stop producing or not produce enough testosterone to function properly. Granted, even if you have to take it, it should not be a free pass to overuse it, but I don’t know Sonnen’s situation.

    • Cereal Killer

      Ha hahahahahaha lolololol…. Testosterone is made in the testicles, not the pituitary gland!!! Wow, you can’t make a statement when you don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • DamianCross

        “The pituitary gland controls the level of testosterone in the body.” – Webmd


        • Cereal Killer

          Lol, webmd.

          • Darin

            Lol, Cereal Killer……
            The pituitary gland produces HGH and has a direct effect on testosterone levels. It’s a fact. If you’d abandon porn sites for a minute to study the functions of the pituitary gland you would know this. Please educate yourself before mocking others.

          • Scotty_O

            LOL, come one, like anyone’s going to be abandoning porn sites, they’re great!

  • Gunner249

    And Jones is fighting well above his weight class

  • Stiv Bagnall

    how terrible is dominic cruz at this pundit business? jesus…

  • Jack Burton

    If Sonnen were a litigious person he would sue the hell out of Jon Jon for slander/libel. This isn’t the first time Jon has told outright lies about Sonnen.

  • DamianCross

    Sonnen did roids. Guillard did coke. Jones mixes Bentleys with telephone poles. Who cares?

  • Is this entire show scripted? It seems like neither those asking nor those answering the questions can improvise a thought!

  • Yes it’s possible that Sonnen has done steroids before. It’s possible with almost anybody who competes at a high level. But fact is he has never tested positive in his entire wrestling career or MMA career. Yes he is on TRT but also received permission to do so. His levels were high and he paid the price for it. Raising your testosterone levels have become socially acceptable. Commercials for purchasing gels to pills at the local nutrition store. Saying the guy has done steroids his entire career is very insulting and takes away everything the guy has accomplished. Jones is just talking some trash back at a guy who is just trying to entertain us with some personality along with his fighting style.

    • Mark McDowall

      Regardless of his being “allowed” to use TRT and why he “needs” TRT, it is something that is making his performance better than it would be if he didn’t. And that is not fair.

      • I can agree with that. The commission should not allow TRT in general. If your levels dropped b/c of age then deal with it. If your young and need TRT maybe you shouldn’t be competing in such a physically and mentally demanding sport.But currently they allow certain levels. Or maybe it should be case by case. If a guy has ever tested positive for steroids they should most certainly not be allowed to use TRT. And Mark we have some interesting fights on Saturday. I’ll be messaging you on Fbook about those. I’m very excited for all these fights.

        • Mark McDowall

          See thats the problem if they take it on a case by case basis. Rumor has it Vitor was given a TRT prescription by his kids pediatrition(not confirmed but I read that on several different sites). How is a doctor that is specialized in kids medicine a valid and allowed source for this??

          Like I said it needs to be an all or nothing policy. By definition it is a performance enhancer. It brings athletes T levels up so they can perform at a higher level than if they weren’t taking it…and this is not fair.

          I am very excited for Saturdays fights. All Im going to say is this…I feel bad for SF fans!!!

  • Darin

    I hope Cruz can pull it together and get back in the cage, because I don’t see him making it as a sportscaster.

    • Kevin

      Haha. Why do I think of this exact statement every time I see him commentating. 100% agree.

  • candelario

    even the playing field, let anyone wanting to use steroids, testosterone, or what ever drug they choose… end of story

  • Supaman

    Chael is a great trash talker.

    However, guys like Jon Jones & Chris Weidman, they don’t know how to trash talk at all. It just basically comes out all awkward.

    If you can’t trash talk, that’s fine, just stick to your own style.

  • Aaron St.Pierre

    I agree with the comments about Chael and steroid abuse. I would also like to comment on Jones’ backing out of the fight with Chael originally. It was because of camp Jackson that he backed out and Jackson’s camp can also be attributed to Jones’ lack of Flair. Jackson’s camp Mr. Jones is also full of soulless fighting. Maybe you should try fighting like a man again and maybe you would get back your fan support.

  • gnodeb

    Sonnen using steroids is nothing compared to him talking himself in, not one, but three title shots. And all that happen in the strongest MMA organisation while he was tested positive for TRT abuse. He puts all MMA fighters and fans to shame.